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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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devastating the adjacent district. Therefore the king, setting ont on his march towards Cambridge, stayed there for some time, being content for a time to check the attacks and hinder the escape of his enemies, who were in the aforesaid island. Therefore those blood-thirsty and crafty men found a passage out towards Ramsey, and, according to their custom, they plundered all around, carrying off both men and cattle. When they heard this, the king and his followers came secretly to Ramsey, and finding there many of the malefactors, they slew some with the sword, some they took prisoners, others went and fled where they could ; and then, placing guards there, the king returned to Cambridge. In the meantime, Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester, came to London with a large army, as if with the intention of bringing aid to his sovereign, and treacherously addressed the citizens in pacific language, and so he entered the city, and immediately occupied it as its master, sending ambassadors to the legate, that he should without delay surrender to him the Tower of London in which he was dwelling ; and in order that he might the sooner obtain his wish, he forbade any victuals to be sold to the legate. Then the legate, like a good shepherd, under the guidance of a Good Shepherd, coming to the church of Saint Paul, in London, set forth the business of the cross in the presence of many persons. Some were pricked in their hearts, and immediately assumed the cross ; among whom was Theald, archdeacon of Liege, who was hereafter destined to be pope, and who had arrived in England with the legate, to whom he now bade farewell, and set out on his journey towards the Holy Land ; and also that noble man, Thomas de Clare, who, despising the advice of his brother, the earl of Gloucester, went over to the king, and obeyed him faithfully. Therefore, his sermon respecting the affairs of the cross being finished, the legate, undismayed, directed his discourse to the earl of Gloucester, warning him to observe the fidelity which he owed and had promised to the king, adding, that since he himself had come as a re-establisher of peace, neither liberty of going into or coming out from the tower and city of London ought to be denied, nor a free supply of provisions. But this son of a hard heart did not listen to the salutary admonitions of the father. The legate, with some of the nobles who were faithful to the king, secretly entered the Tower of London ; and likewise

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